Animal Friends Blog
No one wants to find unexpected visitors in their home, especially with the sudden influx of shelter-seeking daddy long legs and the corners full of spiders you’d rather not disturb. So, when you spot a flea on your dog, who knows where else they’ve started making themselves at home.
You can do everything in your power to deter these horrid hitch-hikers, but it only takes one flea to create an infestation so it’s important to keep on top of your dog’s treatment. Here are some reasons why your flea treatment might not be working as well as it should be.
Not treating the source
You may have treated your dog but keep finding more fleas using your dog’s coat as their home. This might be because you might not have thought about treating the environment, where hundreds of flea eggs and larvae are waiting for their chance to jump onto your dog.
Make sure to treat your dog and your home to reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
Washed it off
Dogs will be dogs, and they often roll in some smelly substances, jump in ponds and rivers and will even play outside in torrential rain. All of these can lead to the flea treatment being washed off before it can be properly absorbed by your dog.
So, make sure you follow the instructions on your chosen treatments box, so there are no accidental disruptions to their cover.
Forgetting to treat other pets
If you have more than one pet in your house, then you need to treat all cats and dogs regularly as just a few fleas can establish a growing population in your home.
Misunderstanding flea treatments
If you’ve spotted a flea hitch-hiking on your dog and you regularly treat your pooch, don’t panic! Flea treatment doesn’t repel fleas but kills the pests. Each product will have different applications and timescales, but they all have the same goal. Killing fleas.
Not using the treatment properly
It’s so important to make sure you’re following the treatment’s instructions properly, whether it’s an oral does or a spot-on application. This will ensure that the product is given the best opportunity to do what it’s supposed to.
The best way to treat an infestation is to prevent one altogether, so make sure to keep on top of your treatment schedule and if you’re not sure what kind of flea treatment your dog needs then speak to your vet.
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